Germany’s biggest port city, Hamburg is blessed with many cultural landmarks and modern-day architectures but there will always be few nerds like me (street art fans), who will get excited at seeing the colorful splashes on the walls, graffiti or street art on random walls. This post is for the street art lovers like me. Come, join me in exploring quirky street art in Hamburg.
Hamburg’s harbor is the one of the most charming in Europe and the canals of its Speicherstadt or City of Warehouses ( World Heritage Site) are unmissable. The architecture is amazing and there are dozens of beautiful bridges in there. Overall, the maritime spirit of the city is enchanting.
While cultural trail makes me happy, art is my weakness. If you are in Hamburg in Germany, be ready to stroll down the city for some quirky street art.
No doubt, Berlin is the mecca of graffiti and street art, I visited Hamburg first and was happy to stumble on some quirky creatives. I always aim to find that one neighborhood which is more accepting towards street artists and their vibrant work. And I did find one in Hamburg too.
Where is Hamburg?
Hamburg is a gorgeous sea port in the Northern part of Germany. I remember it as a city with great maritime history and lots of bridges and canals. The most memorable and greatest point of interest has to be the umpteen number of canals that give a unique character to the city. The stroll around its UNESCO sites, harbor area and the waterways are the best things to do.
While the whole city has old-world charm blended with modernism kind of vibes about it, one must visit the Altstadt (Old Town), Elbe river, Elbe tunnel, Hamburg Fish Market, the impressive concert venue Elbphilharmonie, the richly endowed museums and the five great churches of Hamburg. Don’t miss the best views of the city from Lombardsbrücke (Lombard Bridge).
Last but not the least, don’t miss Reeperbahn. The moment you say entertainment, people will suggest you St. Pauli district in Hamburg. It is an entertainment and party place, qualifying as a favorite in the evenings with its buzzing nightlife. I dint go there in the night but preferred day to capture the below street art.
Street Art in Hamburg
Every street art lover would agree with me that the happiness of stumbling on random, unexpected work of arts is thrilling. My eyes keep looking for them at random places and therefore I love to walk. You too got to walk around to find the little and big gems of work. I found these in Reeperbahn in Hamburg. Go and look for them.
Enjoy my street art stories! If you are looking for a lovely place to stay in Hamburg, do check out YoHo – the young hotel. I had a great stay with them.
9 thoughts on “Quirky Street Art in Hamburg”
I have never been there, but you provide enough glimpse of street art… Loved the article
Ah! I love street art!! I just wrote an article for Lonely Planet about my experience with it in Lisbon. Your photos are great, and some of the pieces are so colorful. I’ve been to Hamburg, Germany, BUT it was long before this street art was around. I need to check out your other articles on the art – we are kindred spirits in loving it!! 🙂
I was in Hamburg recently and I love the street art here. There is so much of it, but some of which is hidden and was seen by chance. The locals are very creative and love that some of the murals involved animals. THey were the coolest for me.
I love street art and Hamburg is the best place for graffiti, colorful splashes on the walls. In your blog, you have described so nicely about how to go to Hamburg. St. Pauli’s district seems to be very interesting.
I didn’t get to see any of these street arts when I was in Hamburg! I guess I just need to go back. I was only there for like 48 hours so I guess I have more reasons to go back! I think Hamburg is one of the undiscovered places in Germany per your “Where is it.” I think most people go to Berlin and Munich, but not many to Hamburg.
I love street art. I didn’t know there are so many impressive murals in Hamburg. Hamburg has been on my list for years. After coming back to Europe, I intend to go there for the weekend. So I will gladly take your murals recommendations in Hamburg.
These are really great! I have actually seen some pictures of Hamburg street art even before, I guess they are someway famous. We really like to explore street art on our trips. We did that on our trip to Copenhagen last year, and we have some here in San Francisco as well. I have been to Hamburg so now I´m kind of disappointed that I didn´t found these. Oh well, next time!
I’ve been wanting to visit Hamburg ever since I knew it was a shooting location of DDLJ! Haha.
As someone who loved Streetart too, I believe I shouldn’t skip Hamburg at all, now!
I’m going to mark Reeperbahn in my maps. Some of those graffiti are just too awesome!